Published on December 16th, 2010 | by Yellow Magpie0
The Top Five Christmas Stories: Classic Tales Of Our Childhoods
Christmas will be forever associated with childhood and that sense of excitement and anticipation. One of the favourite activities associated with childhood and Christmas is reading. As with most aspects of life one can never deviate too far from the classics.
Here is Yellow Magpie’s top five Classic Christmas tales. See what you think and why not vote for your favourite?
The Little Match Girl (1848)
A delightful story by Hans Christian Anderson, The Little Match Girl tells the story of a dying, freezing-cold girl as she tries to sell matches to an indifferent public. In order to keep warm she lights her final matches and each time the match’s warmth wraps itself around her fragile body, she is visited by her comforting loved ones.
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (1950)
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is the magical story written by Irish writer, C.S. Lewis of four siblings who discover a land called Narnia when they step through a wardrobe.
Once in Narnia the children encounter a white witch, Aslan, the lion, Mr Tumnus, a faun, and Mr Beaver to name but a few.
So successful has this story been, it has had multiple film adaptations, including its most recent stint in our cinemas.
The Snow Queen (1844)
The Snow Queen is a wonderful Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale which tells the story of a beautiful but ice-cold snow queen who lives high up in the mountains in a freezing castle in a land called Permafrost.
The queen kidnaps a little boy, Kai, and tries to turn his heart to ice. But like most fairy stories this one has a happy ending.
Andersen’s masterful storytelling sucks the reader into this magical world and gives the reader an unforgettable experience.
A Christmas Carol (1843 )
A Christmas Carol the famous story by Charles Dickens tells the story of the stingy Ebenezer Scrooge who because of his mean and greedy behaviour is visited by three ghosts. The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. As a result of these overnight visits, Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas.
A Christmas Carol is one of Dickens finest books. No Christmas would be complete without the appearance of Ebenezer Scrooge.
The Angel (1843)
The Angel by Hans Christian Andersen is a thoughtful story about a dead little boy who with his angel gather flowers to plant in the garden of heaven.
Perhaps one of Andersen’s most heartfelt story, The Angel was first published in 1843 and now more than a century and a half later is still remembered by all who have had the privilege of reading it.